From the President
Summer 2017

Dear Friends:

As this is written, we are preparing for our summer board meeting and to wrap up our 152nd fiscal year of operations at Ottawa University. As I enter my 10th year as president of this special place, I look back in awe at what has been accomplished over the decade and forward with real optimism about what lies in front of us despite many challenges.

In particular, I am grateful that this past year we achieved the highest enrollment at our College in Ottawa since 1975, we were able to reverse a multi-year downtrend in new enrollments in our adult sites with a gain of 14% in new students and we announced the opening of our new residential branch campus in Surprise, Arizona. Taken together, these are momentous achievements for our University and come at a fortuitous moment in our institutional life.

These gains are made possible by new academic programs such as those in nursing, business, and in the international student arena where OU has once again managed to establish a highly successful Executive MBA program for students in the U.S. who come from international backgrounds. They are also made possible by a talented and enormously dedicated board of trustees, faculty, staff, and administrative team that day in and day out demonstrate their commitment to our mission and vision.

After some years of painful contraction (primarily in the adult markets), we are again repositioning OU for some significant new growth. In fact, we are budgeting revenues to grow by over 20% this coming year - the first such growth in many years - driven by new programs, the new campus in Arizona and enhanced fundraising. Very few educational institutions can even dream of such numbers in this day and age, and in that and many other ways we are blessed.

This growth is essential to us as we remain a tuition driven institution. However, through your generosity, our ratio of donated income to that of tuition is steadily improving. You - our friends, alumni, and donors - are key to all we do here. For your prayers, your referrals and your support in all of its forms, we are humbled and grateful.
We hope you enjoy this latest edition of Spirit Magazine.

In the Ottawa spirit,

Kevin C. Eichner ’73, MBA, LLD ’08

 



Discovering Genius

Posted by Paula Paine on April 1, 2015 in

Dr. William Maxwell is a man on a mission. He believes that “all humans at conception are potential geniuses in some domain and that that genius is time-sensitive, environment-sensitive and mentor-sensitive.”

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Communication in Real Life

Posted by Paula Paine on April 1, 2015 in communication, "Erin Shriver", golf, "The Campus", "Your OU"

Senior Erin Shriver first thought she wanted to go into business, but after taking an Intro to Communication course, she instinctively knew she needed to change directions.

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New Programs Expand Recruiting Reach

Posted by on April 1, 2015 in "AJ Stevens", athletics, "Austin Babb", lacrosse, "Your OU"

With the introduction of lacrosse, men’s volleyball, and powerlifting/weightlifting as new athletic offerings for the 2015-16 year, Ottawa University is finding prospective students from states and regions traditionally under-represented on the residential campus.

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OU Establishes DeFries Society for the Performing Arts

Posted by Paula Paine on January 14, 2015 in

Ottawa University is pleased to announce the establishment of the DeFries Society for the Performing Arts at Ottawa University through a generous family gift from alumni Dr. Stanley ’50 and Alice Jo (Hostetter) ’51 DeFries of Lawrence, KS.

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Raffle for Rose Brooks

Posted by Paula Paine on January 14, 2015 in

As part of the 40th Anniversary Celebration at Arrowhead Stadium on October 16, 2014, a raffle was held as a way to give back to the Kansas City community.

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